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Will Taylor

Will Taylor
Director of Visual Arts
Visual Arts, Design and Production (2005)
Drawing, Advanced Drawing

Will Taylor received his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. His drawings and films have been included in the Drawing Center's Viewing Program (NYC), Artists Space's digital slide registry (NYC), and Pierogi's Video File (Brooklyn, NY). His collaborative paintings with Brooklyn artists Jack Warren and Caleb Scott have been included in numerous exhibitions, including the Trisha Brown Dance Company Benefit at Pace Wildenstein (NYC).

With the support of the Combustive Motor Corporation (Brooklyn, NY), Mr. Taylor founded the "Charred and Lacquered" film series in 2001. This series later evolved into the "Charred and Lacquered Revival" and existed as a multidisciplinary arts collective promoting innovative and challenging works through the adaptive reuse of alternative spaces and interdisciplinary collaborations.  “Revival” projects included "deconcealed" (a collaborative installation in a former textile mill in Mebane, NC), "elysiana" (a collaborative film created in part for the 48-Hour Film Project), and "caravan" (a collaborative film projection project generated throughout sites in Raleigh, NC, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, and Brooklyn, NY).

Mr. Taylor's paintings and drawings have been the subject of public symposia for such critics and curators as Donald Kuspit, Dan Cameron (New Museum of Contemporary Art), Laura Hoptman (Museum of Modern Art), Eugenie Tsai (Whitney Museum of American Art), and Dominic Molon (Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago).  In addition, Mr. Taylor has paneled discussions for the Cultural Studies Association, the College Art Association, and the American Society of Media Photographers.

Mr. Taylor and Julian Semilian (UNCSA School of Filmmaking faculty) were recipients of the 2008 Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts’ collaborative initiative entitled "BREATHE - The Creative Challenge Project".  The “BREATHE Project” allowed Taylor and Semilian to travel to London and Prague for artistic dialogues with animators Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay.